MYRTLE BEACH, SC--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) - The Wall Fellows, a group of top students from Coastal Carolina University, recently visited the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at its headquarters on Parliament Square in London. RICS is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide, and is the world's leading professional body for qualification standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction. It was founded in London as the Institution of Surveyors after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on June 15, 1868.

The visit, which was coordinated by the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at CCU, was hosted by Ben Elder, global director of valuation for RICS. Elder shared the mission and vision of the RICS organization with the Wall Fellows and discussed the importance of the work they are doing to help drive consistency and ethics among a variety of professions. The visit included an interactive question-and-answer session during which the students asked Elder questions of interest.

"Visiting RICS was a great opportunity for all of us to see, hear and learn about how real estate works," says Geoffrey Guyette, a member of the Wall Fellows Class of 2017. "Mr. Elder gave us an elaborate explanation of how RICS operates, the steps to becoming a member and examples of different projects that RICS has been involved with. It was a pleasure learning about the real estate field."

The Wall Fellows program is designed to prepare top students from all of the colleges of Coastal Carolina University for high-level careers in major U.S. and international organizations. The highly selective leadership development program involves a combination of coursework, individual reading and studying, professional internships, leadership training, project execution and character-building opportunities. Students are chosen for the program through a rigorous application process in the second semester of their sophomore year which starts with a detailed written application and includes three different levels of personal interviews.

The visit with the RICS organization was part of this year's Wall Fellows annual international trip.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 70 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, 17 master's degree programs and one doctoral program. More than 10,000 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

About The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development, Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina, USA.

The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development serves students and professionals engaged in all facets of real estate and economic development and provides market analysis, study-based scholarships, networking opportunities, internships and technical study tours of international sites.

The Grant Center leverages the global ties of Coastal Carolina University and key partners, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and board members. It offers courses in commercial and investment real estate, publishes scholarly research and produces applied studies for stakeholders in the region. The center also hosts the annual real estate and economic summit and awards gala, provides seminar talks on a regular basis and consults for various private, government and nonprofit groups.

The key mission is to support the education of its students to the highest levels of competence and professionalism. Also, to broaden the economic base of the region, serving as a bridge between the University and the wider community.

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